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Br. Nick's Weekly Memo

WEEK of 07 JANUARY 2018

 

The Feast of the Epiphany celebrates the manifestation of God as fully human. Up to that point in our salvation history, human encounters with God involved miraculous experiences of natural forces and sacred spaces. Now the astrologers and shepherds (outsiders and the least in Jewish society) encountered God through a newborn child in the insignificant village of Bethlehem. Our mysterious God was suddenly as approachable as holding a child.

 

Jesus instructed his followers to love the least of society in His name – this included children who had no rights and were perceived to be of little value. Later Delasalle implored the first teachers to find Christ in their ragged students and to honor Him by being teaching well. In the face of his society’s disdain for teachers, Delasalle elevated them to the role of God’s own ambassadors to the world.

 

Our Lasallian teachers and staff continue the tradition of encountering God in the ordinary; of aspiring to make every encounter with students and teachers an Epiphany.

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Please keep the Cobos and Hernandez families in your thoughts and prayers. It’s easy to see where Aaron was taught to be respectful and kind.  They possess a deep faith and are a wonderful support system for each other. The family has established a GoFundMe page to help with future expenses involving therapy out-of-town. Simply go to www.gofundme.com/aaroncobosmedfund. Please share it with others. Please join us in lifting Aaron and his family up in your prayers.

 

PRAYERS REQUESTED for:

  •  Our faculty and staff to see God in their peers and students;
  • The spiritual needs of our students; especially those struggling with their faith;
  • Our society to treat migrants with respect and dignity;
  • The repose of the soul of Bill Braden, grandfather of Jacob and Zach Powell, and the consolation of his family;
  • Families in mourning; especially the Berardelli and Urrea families;
  • Those in need of healing; especially the grandmother of Bo Quiett; Raul Blanco ’58; Coach Manny Aggie; the Sepulveda family recovering from injuries; alumnus Javier Olmos; the mother of John Petrozza ’81; Brother Brian Dybowski; the husband of Norma Murphy; the grandmother of senior Zach Powell; the father of Mrs. Martinez; the father of alumnus Kevin Arreola; and all those suffering from cancer;
  • The Holy Spirit to help our young men respond positively to the call to serve as Brothers, deacons or priests;
  • God’s blessings on our Jan-term volunteers from Saint Mary’s College;
  • Safe travel of students returning to college after the holiday;
  • In thanksgiving for the support of our alumni, friends, benefactors and families.

 

KUDOS and THANKS:

 

We are so grateful to the group of mothers who gather to pray the rosary twice a month for the intentions of our CHS community. We were blessed to have Mrs. Samaniego, Aaron Cobos’ grandmother, with us this past week. The mothers gather at 2:10 PM on the first and third Thursdays of the month. All are welcomed to join them.

 

The Academic Awards Assembly was a success. It was very well attended by family members and students took obvious pride in their achievement. Academic excellence, Honor Roll, perfect attendance, Lasallian service and Academic All-State were recognized. Thank you to Dan Flores for organizing the awards and certificates.    

                                                                                   

Thank you to the parents, staff and students who attended our Honor Roll Breakfast. It was wonderful to celebrate the achievement of our students.

 

Thank you to Andres Lopez for organizing our staff day of recollection last Tuesday. The theme was union and community. Seminarian Michael Lewis gave the key presentation and led the Holy Hour. Mrs. Howard and Brother Nick also gave presentations on Lasallian connections.

 

Congratulations to David Paul Torres ’14 of Yale University for being selected in The Whippenpoofs, the oldest collegiate men’s acapella group. Their Hometown Tour brought them to the Sun City where the group gave a brief performance on Friday for some of our students. They took questions afterward and underscored the message: Passionately pursue what you love! Their fundraiser at First Baptist was sold out. The proceeds went to help The Opportunity Center for the Homeless.

 

NEWS YOU NEED:

 

Beginning Sunday, CHS will host Manhattan College for the El Otro Lado border immersion program. You can learn more about this NYC Lasallian university at https://manhattan.edu/.  Mr. Lopez and Mr. Tubbs will be running the week. The following students will be out to serve as guides and hosts:

  • Monday: Arat Fraga, Esteban Ortiz, Saul Lopez-Valdez
  • Tuesday: Victor Gallardo, Carlos Paez, Diego Quirarte, Cole Urrea
  • Wednesday: Emmanuel Briones, Ricardo Diaz, Alejandro Guevara, Manuel Padron

Two volunteers from Saint Mary’s College of California will be working with seniors on their college and scholarship applications. Victor Jaimes is a senior majoring in Political Science. Braulio Garcia is a sophomore double majoring in Spanish and Ethnic Studies. They will be available to assist seniors in the Vandenburg Library.

  • Please encourage your sons to take advantage of this unique opportunity.
  • Thank you to Ortigoza, Mr. Rodriguez and Mrs. Schow for coordinating this effort.

 

The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be available to the students on Tuesday, 09 January. Directions will be given through Religion classes.

Irish Basketball will play Mt. View HS at home on Tuesday, 09 January.

 

Eucharistic Adoration for freshmen will be on Friday, 12 January. It will be throughout the day in the San Pedro Maldonado Chapel.

 

Irish Basketball will play Riverside HS at home on Friday, 12 January.

 

The Martin Luther King, Jr, Holiday will be on Monday, 15 January. Students have the day off and faculty will have an in-service.

 

There will be an all-school Mass on Wednesday, 17 January, at 10:20 AM at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral.  Students will be in Irish Standard. Families are invited to join us.

 

The two-day senior retreat will be on January 25-26, 2018, at Saint Stephen’s Catholic Church.

                             

There will be a week-long celebration by the diocese for San Pedro Maldonado from January 22-26, 2018. Our school chapel is named for this Mexican martyr and we are blessed to have a relic of his. San Pedro was ordained at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral (due to the suppression of the church in Mexico) one hundred years ago. You can learn about the various events on the homepage of our diocesan webpage: http://www.elpasodiocese.org/.

 

ALUMNI and DEVELOPMENT:

 

The Alumni Association welcomed UT El Paso’s new Athletic Director, Jim Senter, as the speak for January’s meeting. His enthusiasm and pride for the Miners was infectious. The Irish state championship football team and Coach Hampden Hurt were also honored.

 

As the new year begins, one suggested activity is to check out the Wall of Giants exhibit on the CHS history and impact on the borderland, First Steps: Building a Border Faith, at the El Paso Museum of History. The exhibit chronicles our 93 year old history. The exhibit will only run until early February 2018 so there’s only one month left! We encourage everyone to check it out. Museum hours are Tuesday – Saturday (9AM to 5 PM), Thursdays (9 AM to 9 PM) and Sunday’s (noon to 5 PM). Admission is free.

 

MEN OF IRON/MEN OF GOLD